The recently released affidavit from the Department of Justice (DOJ) requesting the search warrant for the FBI raid on former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home is heavily redacted, and photos of the lines blacked out on the document circulating on social networks, generating mockery.
According to the affidavit, the DOJ apparently determined that the classified information was improperly stored and that there may be more at Trump’s Florida residence, basing that assessment on a review of 15 boxes that the former president voluntarily surrendered to the federal government.
“The FBI investigation has established that documents bearing classification marks, which appear to contain National Defense Information (NDI), were among the materials contained in FIFTEEN BOXES and were stored at the PREMISES in an undisclosed location. authorized,” the affidavit states, explaining that the federal government was concerned that the documents were disorganized:
[A] preliminary examination of the FIFTEEN BOXES indicated that they contained “newspapers, magazines, printed news articles, photos, miscellaneous printed matter, notes, presidential correspondence, personal and post-presidential files, and “a lot of classified documents”. [sic] recordings.’ The most significant concern was that highly classified documents were unclassified, mixed with other documents, and otherwise misclassified. [sic] identified.”
However, much of the document is redacted, remaining sealed “to protect the safety of several civilian witnesses”. The “five categories” of information cited as reasons did not include national security, as reported by Breitbart News. The document reads in part:
The categories, described in more detail below, are (1) information from a wide range of civilian witnesses who may be “intimidated or retaliated against,” FROM 80 to 9; (2) information regarding investigative avenues and techniques that could provide a roadmap for potential means of impeding the investigation, id. at 9-10; (3) information the disclosure of which is prohibited under Rule 6(e) of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure (“Rule 6(e)”), such as grand jury subpoenas, testimony, and related documents, id. at 10; (4) information the disclosure of which could endanger the safety of law enforcement, id. at 9 o’clock; and (5) information the disclosure of which could harm the “legitimate privacy interests” of third parties.
Images of the redactions took off on social media.
“Well, that really clears things up,” Donald Trump Jr. said, posting an image of the redacted document as others did the same:
Well, that really clears things up. pic.twitter.com/6S2FxIQtSi
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) August 26, 2022
This is the memo from the government explaining why they had to redact the affidavit explaining why they raided the home of a former president.
As you can see, this explains so much. pic.twitter.com/KNs8KbROAn
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) August 26, 2022
It’s way too redacted. Revealing a source or method is the only reason to redact. This is done by redacting words, not paragraphs.
Intel agencies have created a crisis of confidence. https://t.co/Ejs92s8YJh
—Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) August 26, 2022
The affidavit is therefore the redaction of all redactions
Total waste of time and energy to release
The whole sordid history of this abuse of power is still hiddenhttps://t.co/gen18BOW6L
What a fucking joke! pic.twitter.com/4YKBCLPZz0
—Jim Hanson (@JimHansonDC) August 26, 2022
The FBI is wrong about the law. As the DOJ releases a blacked-out affidavit, they prove the hoax is being launched against Pres. Trump is real. See the essays here. This is another DOJ fraud! #affidavit #maralago #asset #doj #shop #asset2024 pic.twitter.com/NHNAn2UrOg
— Grant Stinchfield (@stinchfield1776) August 26, 2022
SEVERAL REAL REASONS FOR THE RAID ARE BEHIND THE EDITORS.
(there is absolutely nothing in the unredacted parts that justifies the raid) https://t.co/S173dMh9u3 pic.twitter.com/EFZx5zbtjT
—Hans Mahncke (@HansMahncke) August 26, 2022
“Heavily Redacted Affidavit!!!” Trump exclaimed in a TruthSocial article.
“Nothing is mentioned about ‘Nuclear’, a total public relations subterfuge by the FBI and DOJ, or our close working relationship regarding the turnover of documents – WE GAVE THEM A LOT. Judge Bruce Reinhart n NEVER should have allowed the burglary of my house,” he said.
“He recused himself two months ago from one of my cases due to his animosity and his hatred of your favorite president, me. What changed? Why didn’t he recuse himself on this case? Obama must be very proud of himself right now! Trump added, posting later, “WITCH HUNT!!!”